Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett is at odds with Enda Kenny and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin over how to choose a replacement for civil servant Kieran Coughlan, who retired last month after 23 years as clerk of the Dáil and secretary general of the Oireachtas Commission. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Tongues were wagging in Leinster House this week after the latest twist in the continuing stand-off between the Taoiseach and the Ceann Comhairle over(...)